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Eight Verses on Thought Transformation


Published October 30, 2004


Ven. Choden Rinpoche
Eight Verses on Thought Transformation
Eight Verses for Training the Mind
The basic text is over eight hundred years old, shortly after the teachings of Indian master, Atisha. These teachings are part of the lojong (mind training) teachings. Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054-1123), one of the direct disciples of Drom Tonpa, the chief disciple of Atisha, set down the extremely profound lojong teachings in just eight verses.
By thinking of all sentient beings as even better than a wish-granting gem for accomplishing the highest aims may I always consider them precious.
Wherever I go, with whomever I go may I see myself as less than all others, and from the depth of my heart may I consider them supremely precious.
May I examine my mind in all my actions and as soon as a negative state occurs, since it endangers myself and others, may I firmly face and avert it.
When I see beings of a negative disposition or those oppressed by negativity or pain, may I, as if finding a treasure, consider them precious, for they are rarely met.
Whenever others, due to their jealousy, revile and treat me in other unjust ways, may I accept this defeat myself, and offer the victory to others.
When someone whom I have helped or in whom i have placed great hope harms me with great injustice, may I see that one as a sacred friend.
In short, may I offer both directly and indirectly all joy and benefit to all beings, my mothers, and may I myself secretly take on all of their hurt and suffering.
May they not be defiled by the concepts of the eight mundane concerns, and aware that all things are illusory, may they, ungrasping, be free from bondage.


Source Lectures and Events
Run time 2:15
Label / Recorded by Tse Chen Ling Center

Notes

The lectures are given in Tibetan and translated into English. Please note that the translations have not been checked.

Reviews

Reviewer: BenjaminS.T. - - September 28, 2012
Subject: Eight Verses on Thought Transformation
This was some meditative chanting done in a language I do not understand. The audio was high quality enough to be pleasant but because I love understanding at least parts of what words are being said when I am listening to someone when they talk or the what gets said in most recordings (with the exception of some music) I could not get myself into much of the actual meditation itself which goes beyond the superficial. I have a feeling or sense that this may be some high quality meditative chanting though, so I give it five stars.
Reviewer: snoochieboochies - - September 23, 2012
Subject: thank you
thank you for sharing his eminence choden rinpoche's teachings
Reviewer: emery - - June 29, 2006
Subject: Archivial methodology
The group of mp3 files was gathered into a single zip archive, this simplified my download.
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